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North Carolina Weather Words

Posted November 7, 2007

How would you describe the weather today?  WRAL's Brian Shrader said many North Carolinians would classify the chilly start as "a bit airish."  Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner was intrigued by the comment saying she had never heard of that description.

Since the weather is the most popular subject of conversation I thought I would ask you what are some of the more interesting ways you have heard North Carolinians describe the weather ranging from hot to cold and everything in between.

Do we have a unique way of talking about the fog?

What about a heavy rain or a silky mist?

What about snow and ice storms?

What about unseasonable weather?

Think about what your grandparents and great grandparents would say.

By the way, I will have the North Carolina TV Series Contest winners tomorrow.  Thanks for drenching me with a downpour of good ideas!


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  • NASCARMAN Nov 8, 2007

    My grandma used to say, "It is so hot and dry I just saw two bushes chasing a dog down the street!"

  • luvwhljr.neways Nov 8, 2007

    It's as hot as a (lady of the evening) sitting in church! Heard that as a kid. How about "its hot as a tator". Also, "if it is this hot in he**, I'm changing now. This place was built over a vent from hell.

  • Mike Moss Nov 8, 2007

    I hadn't heard "airish" in a good while, but just seeing it here brought back my dad's voice - it may have been his favorite way to refer to temperatures that were just a little on the cool side (enough for a light jacket)!

    Shutterbug; you're pretty much correct about the "Red sky..." saying - it derives from the idea that most midlatitude storm systems more or less migrate from west to east, so if there's clear sky to the east that allows the morning sun to redden clouds that are overhead, a new storm may be moving in, and likewise clear skies to the west may redden clouds overhead or to the east at sunset, meaning dry air to west is on the way in to replace a departing storm.

    2thebeach; Interesting to see you mention "fresh breeze" along the coast. On the Beaufort Wind Scale, developed for mariners by Francis Beaufort in 1805, Force 5 (19-24 mph) is labeled "Fresh Breeze" and results in moderate waves with many whitecaps and some spray.

  • 2thebeach Nov 8, 2007

    A cold wind is a sharp wind and we have fresh winds at the beach.

  • JerryO Nov 8, 2007

    Raining like a cow ******* on a flat rock.

  • thefensk Nov 8, 2007

    Actually, this is a new one just showing up with the last rain:

    What's up with the sky? Is it melting or something?

  • Legswilson Nov 8, 2007

    I have used Tom Suiter's phrase "boo chilly" since way back when... it's appropriate some mornings. I also use the phrase, "It's so cold that my chickens look like popsicles." Also, "It's raining to beat the band." and "It's hotter than a two dollar pistol." "Frog strangler" is a heavy rainstorm and ice storms leave parking lots looking like "skating rinks" are a few more.

  • fishnett5977 Nov 8, 2007

    Raining in the sunshine, rain again tomorrow - and the one about raining in the sunshine means the devil is beating his wife. Mmmm, she must have been a good bad girl lately!!!! :)

  • Gerbil Herder Nov 8, 2007

    You mean colder than a well-digger's crack; c'mon, they can't sensor that.

  • weasleyes Nov 8, 2007

    "It's so cold the lawyers have their hands in their OWN pockets!"




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